Several issues arise with management of content that is generated in developing regions. Some result from linguistic diversity (as in India and Africa), some result from content being available only in forms that are more difficult to computationally manipulate (e.g., handwriting, speech, and legacy digital text in nonstandard encodings), some result from underinvestment in language resources for the languages of these regions, and some result from increased contact between cultures that have different views regarding the proper use of information and information artefacts. Such issues warrant focussed attention if we are to optimally leverage information and knowledge management to the advantage of populations in developing regions.

This workshop aims to bring the data management, information retrieval, and knowledge management communities together around questions of technology support for societal development. Our twin goals are to help to identify new applications for existing information and knowledge management technologies in developing regions and to inspire new research on problems that arise in developing region contexts. We anticipate a mix of industrial and academic participation.

Call for Submissions

We envision three main themes for this workshop. The workshop seeks three types of contributions: position papers, early-work papers and full-papers. The position papers will be distributed in advance to participants to help participants prepare for the discussions at the workshop. Early work papers will be presented as posters and aim to target researchers who are new in this field. Full papers will be presented orally at the workshop and will demonstrate the technology depth in the area. Reviewing will not be blind: authors need to include the author names and affiliation at the time of submission. Each paper will be reviewed by members of the program committee for scope, novelty, technical depth, and expected interest among workshop participants. Papers should be of 4-8 pages in length in the ACM publication format. The LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates are available at the ACM Template site. All submissions should be in the PDF format and should be submitted electronically through the workshop submission web site, http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ikm4dr12.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline July 28, 2012 (11:59 PM Hawaii Time) (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance August 08, 2012
Camera-ready Submission Deadline August 26, 2012
Early Registration Deadline August 26, 2012
Workshop November 02, 2012, 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Workshop Format

IKM4DR will be a full-day workshop. This will be broken into 4 sessions, 2 coffee breaks, and lunch. The first session will include a keynote talk and a panel discussion, which together will seek to provide participants with a broad perspective on the issues in this space; this will help to set the focus of the workshop. The second session will provide an opportunity for participants will present their views through posters (over the break) and as oral presentations. Organized "lunch table" discussions will set the tone for the third session after lunch, in which breakout groups will engage in collaborative design activities in order to envision ways in which one or more of the three themes of the workshop identified in Section 4 above might be realized. The fourth session will include brief reports from each breakout session, followed by a panel discussion that will focus on research agendas, resource requirements, and partnership opportunities.

Organising Committee

Programme Committee


Participants to IKM4DR workshop will have to register at the CIKM conference. The registration information will be available at the
CIKM site in the coming months.